Howdy, folks! Welcome back to Booze In The News, where you’ll find the latest, funniest and most obscure newsworthy, alcohol-related bits all in one place.
1.) A famous Burgundy winery was recently threatened with a poison extortion plot . Don’t worry, their wine and the people who work there were not poisoned. The victims of this plot? Two innocent grapevines. Luckily, the extortionist was caught, and the vines are expected to survive. Phew.
2.) Carlsberg in Denmark has had a rough couple of months. Right on the heels of a strike over on-site employee beer consumption, roughly half of the work force just ended a second strike, this time over wages. As a result, distribution and production has been severely affected.
3.) Who knew that pigs could spark drama worthy of a reality TV show? Cochon 555 is a culinary event in which 5 chefs prepare 5 pigs and then 5 winemakers pair wines with the resulting meal, all for a good cause. It seems like an enjoyable enough event, but in Portland things got nasty in short order. A Portland chef and an event organizer supposedly got into a physical fight involving headbutting and punching, and ending with police using pepper spray and tasers. The reason? The chef, a native of Portland, felt (very strongly!) that the pigs should be local in order to support local farms. One only hopes that San Francisco gets as much excitement when the tour comes through on June 6.